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Oliver Scratchboard (Finished)

As the time flies by and Christmas gets closer, I have been brazenly spending some of my drawing time on this rather than the annual Christmas card.  However, that project is moving along too.  No peeking!  I’ll share it on Christmas Eve. 😉

In the meantime, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished.  I enjoyed trying to capture his likeness very much.  He’s been my friend for almost eleven years, and every day is a little brighter because he’s here with me.  Maybe I’m becoming a crazy cat lady, but I firmly believe that not all friends have to be human.

Oliver

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used are a #11 X-Acto Knife, and a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen for some corrections.

Click any of the images if you’d like to see them larger.

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A few close-ups.

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I hope you like this.  Thank you for following along!  I hope you’ll join me in my next work-in-progress. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 6

Here’s a bit more progress on Ollie.  Slow and steady, one scratch at a time, that’s the key.  I’m making my way down the neck, into all those luxurious layers of kitty fur. Even as I write this, my Oliver is “petting” my leg, jealous of the time I’m spending on the computer and not fawning over him.  Therefore, I will keep this brief and turn my attention back to him.  You’ve got to love pets. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 5

I’m still picking away at this drawing, and those stripes and flakes in the fur are keeping things interesting.  It’s nice to have the head mostly in place now, and I hope to keep at this despite several other art projects.

Thanks for following along as I go.  I hope you like this. 🙂

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Here is a close up of the fur textures.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Kitty Sittin’ Pretty

It’s about time I post this sculpture; it’s been done for months!  I had it, along with the majority of my other artwork, on display at a local nursing home for a couple a months.  They have this large case which is available for people to bring in any collections of items so that the residents and the visitors of the nursing home have something fresh to look at every couple of months.  It was a pleasure to have my artwork there, but as usual, it is always good to get my work back home again. 🙂

This is my second cat wire sculpture.  Cats are tricky due to their delicate features, flexible shape, and fine-boned extremities.  This cat, sitting as it is, was difficult because of the curving spine and the big, round hip bones.  It was good to call this one complete.

Kitty Sittin’ Pretty

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer craft wire for the whiskers and ears.

– Measures approximately 5 and 1/2 inches tall by 5 and 1/4 inches long by 2 and 1/2 inches wide.

Hope you like this!  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by on June 14, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Great-Great Grandma Georgia and Her Cat

For months now, I’ve had it mind to do a series of drawings from a collection of family snapshots that date back to the 1920s through the 1950s.  This amazing photo collection really gives a glimpse into the average daily life of my great and great-great grandparents and their families.  We even have a priceless casual photo of my great-great-great grandfather, James Ferris, who fought in the Civil War.  It’s a priceless collection, and I cherish these old photos.  The ordinariness of the collection of snapshots from this era add such personality and character to each face.  How can I stop at just looking?  I must turn this into a series of drawings!

So here is the first of what I hope are many drawings I plan to make from these photos.  This is my great-great grandmother, Georgia, sitting by a sunny window, with what seems to be a house cat.  If you’ve been following this blog for long, you know I am definitely a cat lady!  I just had to start with this image.

Great-Great Grandma Georgia with Her Cat

– 5×7 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore Artagain Tinted Paper.

– Drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens of varying grays and black.  I used mostly the brush tips for this drawing.  Once the ink was all in place, I added some touches of white charcoal to the brightest areas such as the curtain, cat, and other areas.

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I’ll also include the original photograph.  Sadly, the likeness in my drawing isn’t great…I hope the next drawings work out better.  I simplified that area in front of the cat, but I believe that blurry patch between the cat and Georgia’s shoulder is actually a kitten. 🙂

Georgia and Cat

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman

Since I cannot yet post my finished Christmas drawing for our annual cards (it’s a surprise 😉 ), I thought I would make a non-art post today about my new little housecat, Norman.

You may remember that we lost our dear sweet Scooter some over a year ago.  Since then, it has just been my sweet Oliver, which was fine, but altogether too quiet and lonely.  Even Oliver seemed a bit out of sorts over time.

As it turns out, we ended up with a perfectly-marked, adorable tuxedo kitten outside.  He actually came from my grandparents’ home, as they had too many cats outside.  Well, he was a wild, nervous kitten at first, but very quickly warmed up to us.  Rather on a whim, we decided to try bringing him into the house to see if he and Oliver would get along.  It went better than could be expected, and they get along quite well.  Almost every day, I’ll find Oliver laying on the floor with Norman sprawled on his back beside him.  They lick each other and share their toys.  They play and co-exist very well.  I am so glad for this because Oliver is a very strong-willed cat – that’s what I love about him.  I feared that he wouldn’t like another housecat, but it’s going extremely well.  Norman has been in the house for probably a couple of months now.  And what a precious cat he is!  So pretty too.  He adores attention and seems to constantly portray how thankful he is to be in the house.  Especially now as the weather turns cold and snowy, and it almost seems like he’s smiling from his toasty spot on the heat vent.

The name Norman was simply a given.  Within about a day of having him inside, we just knew that would be his name.  He couldn’t be anything but Norman. 🙂

Thank you for looking, and happy December! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Odds and Ends (Uncategorized), Photography

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Today, at long last, I am going to share my Christmas card drawing.  While not everyone on my list of friends and family have yet gotten their cards, I wanted to share this on Christmas Day.

This year, I worked from a photo I took last winter after a breathtaking storm.  There was a woods laced with snow and ice, and a single Angus cow standing before it.  It was a beautiful scene, and I was fortunate to have my camera handy.  It was very, very slow mapping out the whole woods for this drawing.  Talk about time consuming!  But I always do love a challenge, so that was ok.  I enjoyed this one a lot.

Christmas Cow

– 8×10 inches in size.

– Drawn in pen and ink.  Almost exclusively the Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker, 0.005 mm size.

– Drawn on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Smooth paper.

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Feel free to click on the images to see them larger.

Below is the actual Christmas card we used the image for.

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And here is the inside.  I wrote the poem for the card this year.  It was the first time I wrote the inside message, but I do love to write, so it was fun.

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I hope you are warm and happy and surrounded by family and friends.

Merry Christmas from Oliver and me. 🙂

Yes, he actually seems to enjoy being dressed up.  He feels extra special then.

Thank you for looking.

 

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